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Fireworks for Fido? NOT

July 4th is around the corner, along with the fireworks that inevitably come with this holiday. Almost all humans with dogs in the United States declare this day the worst day of the year for them. Veterinarians say that July 3rd is usually the most-trafficked day in their offices, with clients coming in to get drugs for their dogs.  A few years ago, I found a lost dog on the 4th of July. He was obviously a well-fed, groomed, and trained dog that escaped his yard when he heard the fireworks. When I called our local Humane Society, I was informed that it is the busiest time of the year for them, as more dogs are found wandering loose on July 4th than any other day of the year in the U.S.

Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:

1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.

2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.

3. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.) If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.

4. Keep the curtains closed, and if possible, also the windows.

5. Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. (Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.)

6. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.

7. Sound Therapy: Through a Dog’s Ear is specially designed classical music clinically demonstrated to calm canine anxiety issues. The Calm your Canine series (also available as downloads) has even replaced drugs for thousands of dogs on July 4th.

8. Desensitization combined with Sound Therapy: The Canine Noise Phobia series includes the above mentioned music along with progressive sounds of fireworks and positive reinforcement training protocol by Victoria Stilwell.

Wishing you and your canine and feline households a safe holiday. How have they reacted to fireworks in previous years? Thanks for sharing ways that you’ve made it easier for Fido and Fluffy.

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Does music therapy really work to calm dogs during fireworks?

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I am very deeply touched to read how Through a Dog’s Ear music helped calm so many dogs on their worst day of the year in the United States, July 4th. Phase two of clinical testing was purposely started just before July 4th, 2005. We were very curious to learn if psychoacoustic changes made to classical music would be calming enough to allow dogs to relax and even sleep during fireworks. Here’s what I’ve read on our Facebook page. Thank you Jenny-Lyn, Sonya, Lauri, and Marcia for sharing your stories on Facebook and for all that you do to improve the lives of dogs.

Your music has been a God-send for our 2 Saint Bernards! I used a phermone plug-in to help for awhile, but the music has been the BEST thing we’ve ever had. One of my dogs has seizure disorder and it helps aleviate stress (for all of us) during seizures. Thank You!

Jenny-Lyn Brown, Bangor, Maine

We programed your music to play two times in our facility to help the pup guests through the period of time that the fireworks were going off – There was hardly a peep- Everyone slept well – Thank you so much – Oh- our family pups slept well too.
Sonya Mandel, Pleasant Hill, Oregon

 

My Through a Dog’s Ear CD really helped my dogs this weekend too. While we work on counter-conditioning & desensitization before hand, it always helps to have a backup plan! My girl cuddled up in her safe spot in the back of our closet, while her baby brother stood watch for her in the hallway.
Lauri Bowen-Vaccare, Bowling Green, Kentucky

 

Last night was Tori’s second 4th with us (she’s a rescue) and the big booms really worried her. (Shane kept looking for ducks falling from the sky and Amelia slept through it 🙂 I turned on our big fan and put on one of Lisa’s CDs and Tori fell asleep! Thank you Lisa!!!
Marcia Lucas, Wheaton, IL

If you played Through a Dog’s Ear music or any other music that helped keep your dogs calm during fireworks or thunderstorms, please comment below and let us know what happened. Thanks for sharing.